A Fresh Start

2021

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 120cm (h)
  • 21cm (w)
  • 20cm (d)

44kg

portrait photo of Tutani Mgabazi

Tutani Mgabazi

Sculptor

She is stretching, ready for the new day; she has slept well, she feels fresh, ready to face the world and whatever it throws at her.

Tutani has a strong reputation for his elegant figures of women. This lady, with her shapely form and tumbling tresses of hair, would be decorative asset to any garden.

Sculptures with this matt white surface look fantastic when lit up with a spotlight too, so you can enjoy it at night as well!

Tutani has used different techniques to create this delightful sculpture. For her dress, he has stroked the stone a rasp to create the matt white finish (full of tiny parallel scratches). To achieve the shiny black surface, Tutani sanded the stone smooth and then applied clear wax. In her hair, the rough grey stone is the raw springstone, with the lines of her braids cut with a grinder.

Springstone is the local name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It has an even internal structure of tiny grains, densely and evenly packed together. As a result, it is impermeable, with very few flaws that might be exacerbated by frost action. Therefore, it is suitable for outdoor display even in temperate climates. The lovely green veins are entirely natural, they are not cracks or lines of weakness.